Editor’s Note: Divided parties don’t win

Nolan Finley
The Detroit News

This is not how you win an election.

The disunity that has plagued the Republican Party throughout this convention season erupted on day one of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Delegates loyal to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz tried to enact an end-around during an afternoon rules committee vote. Rather than accepting the rules, a significant minority of delegates demanded a voice vote in hopes of triggering a process that would ultimately open the convention and allow their man another chance at the nomination.

It failed, of course. But the process was nasty and loud, and demonstrated again the vast disunity that has plagued the Republican Party throughout the convention.

By this time in the political season, political parties should be coming together to unite behind a single candidate with the shared objective of winning the presidency in the November election.

That’s what Democrats have done, despite their contentious primary. But Republicans can never seem to get to that place called unity. The floor fight Monday afternoon was embarrassing and divisive. And it does not speak well for the Republican Party’s chances of winning in November.

Political parties that are this sharply divided rarely prevail. While the Democrats are patching up their differences, Republicans are still having free-for-alls on the most public of stages.